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Kindle - Moving Personal Files onto an Amazon Kindle Reader  

This LibGuide briefly describes the Kindle ebook reader and how to personalize it with your own files.
Last Updated: Nov 3, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is a a Kindle?

AMAZON KINDLE is an ebook reader.  Included with the hardware/software device (either the regular Kindle 6 inch display or the Kindle DX 9.7 inch display) is the ability to download content over Amazon's own network (Whispernet).  The Kindle also displays images (in grayscale) and plays MP3 sound files.  The Kindle comes in various versions:

Kindle 1: Released in 2007

Kindle 2: Released in 2009

Kindle 3: Released in 2010

Kindle DX (1st gen.): Released in 2009

Kindle DX (2nd gen.): Released in 2010

Kindle DX (3rd gen): Released in 2010

Note: Kindle 2 was also released in an international version, and Kindle 3 comes in both 3G+WiFi or WiFi only versions.


How Content is Provided

Content may be supplied to a Kindle device in several ways.  The most common way is to shop in the Kindle Store online and wirelessly load content directly from Amazon, usually for a cost.  Personal content (or content derived from another source) may, however, also be loaded onto a Kindle.  Such content can be supplied in several ways:

1. Send content to Amazon for conversion to Amazon supported formats; converted files will be sent either to your device or sent to your email account for uploading from your computer.

2. Load files you have converted yourself (or unconverted PDF files) via the USB cable provided with your device.  This step may involve conversion of files, either by Amazon (as mentioned above) or by conversion with MobiPocket Creator or similar conversion program.

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